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The government's four super-fast broadband pilots have stalled, the Countryside Alliance has warned.

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the campaign organisation, said that in the year since the trial schemes were announced, very little progress has been made.

Back in October 2010, the government announced that rural fibre pilots would take place in the Highlands and Islands, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Herefordshire.

But Ms Barnard explained that none of the projects - said to be worth between £5 million and £10 million - have as yet received any money.

She told the BBC that people living in areas with unreliable or no broadband are yet to see any improvement.

"Unless more is done to simplify the process of acquiring and implementing rural broadband projects, the digital divide will continue to grow," Ms Barnard claimed.

"The money pledged by the coalition will remain all but worthless."

Some £530 million in rural broadband funding has been pledged to local councils across the UK, in a bid to ensure all UK communities receive access to 2Mb broadband by 2015.

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